After suffering pain in her arm and finding a small lump in her breast (close to crease of the arm) my mum went for an examination 4 weeks ago. The specialists were not concerned by the lump (which was very small and smooth) and nothing showed up on the mamogram or the ultrasound. However, they discovered that the lymph glands beside the breast was swollen and took a biopsy for testing. Breast cancer cells were found in the sample and so a biopsy of the lump in the breast was taken and an MRI scan was performed. We get the results on Monday and my mum is worried sick and thinking the worst. My question is: If the cancer is elsewhere, would the cells appear in the sample taken from the lymph gland beside the breast?
Thank-you for your response and your best wishes but you haven't really addressed my question. I am already aware of the complications which come with the cancer being present in the lymph nodes.
They were not concerned by the lump up by the crease of my Mum's arm. It was small and smooth and nothing appeared on either the mamogram or the ultrasound. It was only when they felt the swollen lymph nodes nearby that they became concerned. My mum had a biopsy of the lymph nodes and they found breast cancer cells. They then did a biopsy of the lump in the breast (which they were initially unconcerned about) and did an MRI scan. We get the full results on Monday.
So the lymph nodes examined has confirmed that there are cancer cells in her breast. My question is: Does the absence of other types of cancer cells in the sample taken mean that it is not present elsewhere in the body?